Panch Pokhari (meaning ‘five lakes’ in the Nepali language) is a recently opened trekking route northeast of Kathmandu, at the base of Jugal Himal. The trail to Panch Pokhari (4,100 meters/13,451 feet) has religious, cultural, and ecological importance. It is a delightful adventure through lively forests, rolling hills, lush farmlands, and traditional villages at the lap of some of the world’s grandest mountains. The highlight of the trek is arriving at the glacial lakes and looking around at the rolls and folds in Earth’s surface – a truly mesmerizing sight.
It is still mostly unheard of by tourists, so you will have much of the trail to yourself. This trek not only passes through splendid landscapes with crisp mountain views, but it also passes through culturally rich villages to Panch Pokhari – a sacred pilgrimage site during the Janai Purnima festival in August. At that time, Hindus of the Brahmin caste came to the lakes for their ritual changing of the sacred thread (Janai) that they wear around their bodies. If you can make it here to observe the experience, do!
As soon as the trek begins, you pass through Sherpa and Tamang villages. Many of these villages, though, do not offer accommodations. Thus, this trek involves camping each night. Locals are exceptionally friendly and you will have a great time getting to know about their culture.
The Panch Pokhari Trek is one of the most accessible treks from Kathmandu, a mere five-hour drive from Kathmandu to the trailhead. After arriving in Chautara, we start the gradual ascent to the lakes. The trail is spectacular, full of natural wonders like caves, waterfalls, valleys, wetlands, and more. Feel the cool breeze as you pass through lush rhododendron forests, which brightens your mood during this already blissful journey.
Arrive at Panch Pokhari on Day 9 of the itinerary. A soul-cleansing dip in the refreshing freezing water is naturally called for. While soaking in the water, enjoy awe-inspiring views of Jugal Himal, Rolwaling, Kanchenjunga, and Makalu mountains. Descend back to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, buy some local handicrafts if you want and we’ll catch a ride back to Kathmandu.
Our Panch Pokhari Trek is a camping and teahouse journey. Where there are guesthouses or homestays, we can stay there upon your request. Otherwise, we will be camping outside under a tent. Release your attachments to your normal, everyday life and ‘lose yourself’ in the mountains. For a couple of weeks, forget about the worries you have and live in the moment! Enjoy the views and feel the refreshing mountain breeze.
Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather. During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer. The Panch Pokhari Trek requires moderate fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.